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Tokyo 2013: Mitsubishi AR-PHEV concept shows future compact MPV model


MPV concept features mild-hybrid system, innovative seat config options

The Mitsubishi Active Runabout Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (AR-PHEV) concept debuted at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show as a future MPV model from the Japanese automaker. Mitsubishi’s last MPV model was the Grandis/Space Wagon which received the axe in 2011 after a good 8-year product cycle.

The AR-PHEV concept features a 'refreshing and clean' design with the new Mitsubishi family front design previewed by the Outlander PHEV. The concept measures at 4350mm long, 1780mm wide, and 1690mm tall; which indicates it could possibly be based on the existing Lancer platform.


The interior features a simple and soft styling to promote interior space which can seat six, or four with the third row folded up to make room for more luggage. It also features a 'crystal lighted roof' which softly illuminates the interior with indirect lighting for a more premium feel. Using connected car technology and flexible seating patterns, the Concept AR allows occupants to interact in innovative ways. The front and second row seats can be configured to face each other for collaborative planning or a group activity.

Like the XR-PHEV concept also debuted at the show, the AR-PHEV concept features a front-engine, front-wheel drive layout plug-in hybrid EV system powered by a 136 PS 1.1-liter direct injection turbocharged 3-cylinder MIVEC engine mated to a continuously variable transmission with a 10-kW electric motor which functions as a belt starter generator for a mild hybrid configuration.

The concept will feature MMC's latest e-Assist active safety technologies and the advanced connected car technology that utilizes next-generation information systems. These functions include a danger detection system which activates the corresponding safety functions and a failure/malfunction early-detection system which urges the driver to seek repairs or other maintenance.

The AR-PHEV concept should be a good shoe-in to compact MPV segment for Mitsubishi, which has been left empty after the company discountued the Grandis/Space Wagon. In the Philippines, Mitsubishi continues to sell the Philippine-assembled Adventure and Taiwan-assembled Fuzion as MPV/AUV products.

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